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MOR COMMON ISSUES

CAHI facilitated a training session during the HUD industry training that was held on October 26, 2017.  We would like to thank those that attended the HUD industry meeting.  Click here for a copy of the Slide Deck that was used in the presentation.

A few questions had been asked during the session and the responses are below:

Question#1: Is there a place where all of the latest requirements for VAWA are consolidated?  It seems to have come out piecemeal and we want to ensure we are in compliance.
Answer:  Yes, CAHI has sought to comprehensively summarize the newer VAWA requirements in our past few newsletters.  For ease of access, please click here, here, here, and here.    Also HUD notice 2017-05 is available here.

Question#2:  Veteran’s Administration Aide and Attendants payments.  Is it excluded from income?  Or is it counted as income?
Answer:  See this RHIIP Archive #284.   

Question#3: There was a question on how to deal with capital gains, dividends and investment returns as they are subject to fluctuation. 
Answer:  Without reviewing the specific third party verification in question, we can only provide this general response: Follow up phone call to the issuer of the Third Party Verification for further clarification – document the tenant file.

Question#4:  A foster minor has been awarded an SSI benefit which will be given to the applicant in lieu of Foster Care benefit for the care of the minor.
Answer:  4350.3 Chap 5, 5-6Ag states all income received for foster care of children is not counted.  Be aware of a potential EIV Income Discrepancy (potential false positive).

Question#5:  Is criminal/sex offender screening required for minors?
Answer:  This would depend on the tenant selection screening criteria the O/A had developed.  The Handbook is silent on the issue but HUD notice 12-11 (V.A) states: In addition to screening adult members of the applicant’s household, HUD recommends that criminal background screening include juvenile members of the applicant’s household, to the extent allowed by state and local law.

Question #6 one question had asked about the link to the HUD security Awareness training required for EIV and/or TRACS.  Here is a link that will bring you to the correct place.  As before, the training that is required is the 'Cyber Awareness Challenge Department of Defense Version" https://iatraining.disa.mil/eta/disa_cac2018/launchPage.htm

Question#7:Are we required to include the entire Emergency Transfer Plan into our Tenant Selection Plan?
Answer:No, the full VAWA Emergency Transfer Plan must not be included into your TSP. However, you may need to update your TSP to accommodate any changes in your application/transfer process as set by your Emergency Transfer Plan.

If you had not attended the presentation, there may be a level of confusion when reviewing the slide deck. The presentation focused on the most common findings and not having the TSP updated for VAWA provisions, as required by Change 4 of the 4350.3, is a common finding we have seen. The presenter had included a bullet-point ‘reminder’ on this slide to discuss that we will be expecting to see the full Emergency Transfer Plans beginning in Mid-December.

BUDGET BASED RENT ADJUSTMENTS

A Budget Based Rent Adjustment training was held on 11/16/2016 and sponsored by AHMA-NCH.  This training was for those who registered through AHMA-NCH that oversee Multi-family properties with Section 8 HAP Contracts (does not cover PRACS/811).

Industry Acronyms.pdf                  AHMA BBRA Sec8 Presentation.pdf


SECTION 8 RENEWAL GUIDE

California Affordable Housing Initiatives, Inc. (CAHI) and CGI along with our industry partner, Affordable Housing Management Association, Northern California and Hawaii (AHMA-NCH) held two separate training opportunities for AHMA-NCH members and CAHI PBCA owners and agents. Both sessions were free of charge and were held in a webinar format.

The first webinar was held on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 11am PST and covered Updates to the Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide. 

VIEW THE WEBCAST HERE

UTILITY ALLOWANCES

The second webinar was held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 11am PST and covered updates to Utility Allowance Analysis guidance as set forth in HUD Notice 2015-04 and the HUD HQ-released FAQs.  

  VIEW THE WEBCAST HERE


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